THE WILLIAM JEFFREY BLAND SCHOLARSHIP
We are looking for applicants who are Christ followers and who are passionate about serving the Lord on the mission field.
STORY BEHIND THE SCHOLARSHIP
The William Jeffrey Bland Scholarship was designed out of the beautiful legacy of Major William Jeffrey Bland, USAF, Retired. His generosity, love for his family, passion for flying, and life vision to be a missionary pilot have sparked this scholarship. His life ended unexpectedly but his legacy continues. His wife, Catherine, and two daughters, Susannah and Sarah Beth, have lived their lives for the Lord and in line with the Bland name. His untimely death brought many to life in Christ and led to a diagnosis of Sarah Beth’s heart condition. He lost his life but literally saved hers. His legacy runs deeply through his daughters and their love of serving in their churches in Collierville, Auburn and globally.
This scholarship will be chosen from applicants who are serving on a mission trip with Be Free Revolution. Each application will be prayed over and chosen from a panel including Major Bland’s widow, Catherine. Catherine, too, has a passion for serving others, pointing those around her to Christ, and living out what it means to live for Christ.
Be Free Revolution is repeatedly humbled by Catherine, Susannah, and Sarah Beth and their perseverance, integrity, and devotion to the call the Lord has on their lives. We are inspired by the life of Major Bland and hope that our lives and those who serve through BFR can leave such a legacy.
HOW IT WORKS
These scholarships will be reviewed thoroughly and will be awarded in the form of mission trip fees reduction to people serving on mission trips through Be Free Revolution.
CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY
The individual must possess a desire to discern God’s will and then have the initiative to respond to God’s call. The individual must be seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus, thus naturally being prepared to go out and make disciples of all nations. The individual must be prepared to share a general 5 year plan for his/her life: school, marriage, children, career, missions, etc. - nothing elaborate, but merely a “window” to future plans. Lastly, the individual will be able to share his /her faith story/testimony/“aha moment” with members of the scholarship committee.
Number of Mission Trips Previously Served on, To Where and With What Organization?
WHY DO YOU WANT/NEED THIS SCHOLARSHIP?
WHAT IS YOUR 5 YEAR PLAN AND HOW DOES THIS FIT WITH THAT?
WHY DO YOU THINK GOD IS CALLING YOU TO SERVE ON MISSION?
WHAT ARE YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS?
ADMINISTRATION: The gift of administration allows a person to organize people and resources for greater efficiency, effectiveness, and success.
APOSTLESHIP: The gift of apostleship compels people to reach out to new and unfamiliar groups and individuals to invite them into relationship with God and community.
COMPASSION: The gift of compassion moves people to action on behalf of those in need.
DISCERNMENT: Discernment is a gift of deep intuition and insight.
EVANGELISM: The gift of evangelism is the gift of faith-sharing and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those we meet.
EXHORTATION: The gift of exhortation is manifest in people who offer encouragement, wise counsel, unflagging support, and empowerment.
FAITH: The gift of faith is more than belief in Jesus Christ, but an abiding foundation of confidence that God works all things together for good, and that they people of God can rise above any obstacle.
GIVING: The gift of giving is the deep commitment to provide whatever resources are needed to support God’s will and plan.
HEALING: The gift of healing is not about transferring spiritual power to eliminate suffering and disease, but the ability to channel God’s grace and healing love to those who suffer physical, emotional, or spiritual pain.
HELPING: Helping is a gift of support and behind-the-scenes effort that make groups, families, and congregations more effective.
KNOWLEDGE: The gift of knowledge allows people to automatically convert facts, data, and information into useful and important knowledge.
LEADERSHIP: The gift of leadership is a visionary, and forward looking gift that enables people to stay focused on where God might be leading us as individuals, congregations, and communities at any given time.
MIRACLES: Those gifted with miracles never doubt the power and presence of God in creation, and are able to help others see and believe in God’s power.
PROPHECY: The gift of prophecy is the ability to speak God’s word to others, or more appropriately to be open for God to speak God’s word through us.
SERVANTHOOD: Servanthood is the gift of doing for others, sometimes to the exclusion of meeting personal needs.
SHEPHERDING: The gift of shepherding is the gift of mentoring and providing spiritual guidance to others to help them develop in the discipleship and faith formation.
TEACHING: The gift of teaching allows people to transform data and information into life changing knowledge.
WISDOM: The gift of wisdom allows people to understand deeper meaning and apply knowledge, beliefs, and experience to every day situations.
IF YOU COULD WRITE A PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
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